The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 is a compact camera with 1/1.8" (4.8x) sensor and 10 megapixels manufactured from 2006 to 2007 (discontinued). The range of sensitivities, including ISO extension, is 100 - 3200 ISO and it has a continuous shooting (burst mode) of 2 FPS x 1 RAW, 2 JPEG. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 450 €;
11 users have given it an average vote of 9.0 out of 10
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Pros: - Unique combination of a small 1/1.8" sensor combined with DSLR style handling of a wide ranging yet non-extending Leica quality zoom lens.
- Rare quality of wider depth of field at longer zooms under the control of a manually zoomed lens and in Program Mode.
- EV compensation assignable to operate instantly on front wheel.
- Manual zoom operation very smooth and frees the right hand for other compositional duties.
- Exceptional camera for candid social photography. The lens does not give away zoom extent and operation is silent.
- RAW file support for the enthusiast.
- Good punchy colour.
- Jpeg 'Normal' compression images average just 1.5Mb at 8.5Mp 3x2 AR and normal compression. That's a great deal of photo per Mb.
- Excellent and durable build quality.
- Superb ergonomics including a very large grip and forward shutter position.
- Perfect and very rapid 'camera to eye' composition of zoom and EV adjustment.
Cons: - For the best results the camera can offer, ISO is limited to 100.
- Not suitable for moving subjects in lower light.
Opinion: Like Concorde and the Apollo space program, there are inventions in life that have passed by yet to be bettered. The FZ50 is such an invention.
The FZ50 is all about manual control of a crisp Leica lens. Ranging from 35mm to 420mm, it is today outranged by all current superzooms. But it is not outclassed in the quality or operation of the lens. The internal, non-extending zoom is super smooth and operates end to end by one finger turning over no more than a 100 degree rotation of the barrel. This, coupled with a camera ON time of a second, generates a truly blistering pace for OFF to first capture anywhere from 35-420mm that no other camera can approach to this day. The internal zoom is discrete in front of the camera shy and camera bags at any focal length setting. The lens also controls stray light very well indeed, as if always sporting the lens hood.
There is a need with any small sensor (and its limited dynamic range) to maintain a constant control of exposure value. The FZ50 can operate EV directly from the front wheel under the shutter. Whilst not a unique feature in itself, when married to the FZ50's lens operation, which is of course a left handed action, simultaneous composition of zoom and EV can take place. I cannot stress enough how fast this makes the FZ50. In the time it takes you to raise the camera to your eye, it can be on, zoomed where you want and have the EV adjust screen up and moving already. Fine composition commences immediately and the shot taken just as soon as you are ready. It is easily possible to be putting an FZ50 down after having captured a shot before most of today's superzooms have finished starting up, let alone been zoomed to composition or have activated EV control.
The FZ50's sensor is, frankly, a 100 ISO device. In respect of the sensor the FZ50 has aged most. However at ISO 100 and with its Venus III processing, it remains extremely capable of beautifully punchy out of camera results. There is a white balance adjust function, for calibrating white balance to your personal taste, which crucially is available for the cameras AUTO white balance selection as well as its manual ones. You can set the FZ50 to AUTO WB, and that auto setting will be calibrated how you want it; excellent.
The build quality of the FZ50 remains hard to beat. That lovely lens mentioned above is connected to a high quality body with all the right buttons in all the right places. The little doors are all nicely hinged; not just a rubberised bung. The screen, small by today's standards, actually makes way for a huge thumb rest. With this the FZ50 can be carried and operated with absolute assurity and long term comfort.
For low light work the FZ50 has a flash shoe for Olympus/Panasonic dedicated flashes. The 'Oly' form of the Metz24 AF-1 digital flash is a particularly compact yet useful flash, which includes a tilt head. Its use allows the FZ50 to master most indoor photographic situations; beyond the otherwise limited low light capacity of the sensor.
As a reactionary bridge camera, one that can jump from rest to capture in quick order, the FZ50 is not only unsurpassed but remains way out in front of todays bridge competition.
Even when not challenged to capture the moment before it's lost, this speed just adds to camera operation by making it feel very predictable, controlled and measured. The overall ergonomics are superb.
A small sensor bridge camera maintains a wide depth of field over a wide zoom range under the cameras Program setting. With the FZ50's operational speed this means means more in focus captured sooner than any other camera; ever.
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Pros:Optical quality, Image stabilizer, possibility of shooting in RAW, double ring, adjustable display, viewfinder, transportability, mechanical zoom ring.
Cons:JPEG image quality over ISO 400, low-reactive autofocus with poor light and continuous mode, shutter speed limited to 1/2000s, noise reduction algorithm too aggressive at high ISO.
Opinion:It was my second camera and it was a good school ship. Excellent color rendition and sharpness of the images even in print (I tried up to 50x70 with ISO up to 400 and 15x20 to 800 ISO), excellent image stabilizer as well as optics. Good build quality. I regret its compactness and lightness compared to my current SLR. I got good results also by mounting on the front lens the Olympus tcon 17 teleconverter (used a lot for photo to the moon). The autofocus could be better with low light and continuous mode. Excellent also the zoom ring that being mechanical allowed a precise adjustment of the same. In addition the zoom was completely internal and did not change the size of the lens. Given the small sensor sinned at high sensitivities.
Pros:Excellent quality, and when 'released in 2005, in focal lengths from 80 to 300, he kept his head like sharpness to APS-C cameras with professional lenses. Great colors, bright, clean and without dominant. Double rings and practical tilting display.
Cons:Do not use more than 800 iso, slow autofocus in low light, and of course it was impossible to take pictures in pursuit.
Opinion:Owner of a Canon kit Analogue, in late 2005 seeing the photos of the FZ50 a colleague 's I bought and I was so impressed by the quality, sharpness, bright colors and clearly distinct, almost total absence of dominant (I still wonder dominant in many of the tremendous photographs taken with the best known brands), which are left with purchasing a Panasonic GH2 plus 3 zoom and after almost 4 years I still do not regret it and I am sure that even on 'autofocus tracking,' heel of Achilles mirrorless soon there will be no difference with the SLR. L 'only limitation that asks the 4/3 is not to make mistakes' s exposure, while the FF gives you more margin of' error and recovery in post. But if the 'exposure is correct, (with a little' of experience shooting in manual do not worry) images on 4/3 also produced with optical tele Panasonic inexpensive (100-300 / 4 to 5.6), do not nothing to regret the quality of the FF.
Pros:Excellent image quality already in jpeg without having to go to the Raw; beautiful colors; good quality already wide open; A shutter sound is hardly perceptible; Adjustable monitor; Lightweight but sturdy; manual zoom that does not stretch; perfect for reportage and travel the world.
Cons:Unacceptable (to me) the pictures taken from ISO 200 up; does not have autofocus tracking; some slight chromatic aberration (purple) around the edges in some situation; original flash is expensive dedicated
Opinion:7esposizione. I spoke with a friend who told me that today with all machines it is normal to do so and that the jpeg provided by the Lumix FZ50, without going through Photoshop, are now a rarity. Now I got rid of the GH2 and I only have the FZ50, I continue to shoot with her and post on Juza only photos taken with her. At the end you will have to dissolve this marriage, if only for the age limit, but I do not know who will take his posto.rnrn
Pros:Quality Leica lens with superb color rendition charming, good stabilization system, good ergonomics and robust body (that nice if you could have a vertical grip, the pinky dangles), good performance at full aperture, the monitor can be rotated.
Cons:As most of the Lumix unusable at high ISO, chromatic aberration at the upper end of focal, electronic viewfinder effective but improvable by definition. Absolutely prohibited for indoor photos without flash!
Opinion:I am the owner of FZ20 and FZ30 have been to. Caught by the nostalgia of that I just bought back a FZ50 which differs substantially more for a processor Venus 'evolved, an ISO limit of 1600 compared with 400 younger sister and most' important to shoot in RAW format! RnChe say ... or you hate her or love her, I missed her magnificent color rendering, excellent for walking without too much weight to the goals of seguito.Una thing 'or are some sunny days or shot in BW where the grain can' have his because ... rnDevo have to admit that a slight improvement in the noise compared to 'I noticed the FZ30 (FZ20 at 200 ISO is already' a disaster), nothing exciting and comparable to recent SLR .... The captured images up to ISO 400 are a Godio, the colors are really fabulous ... I know, now, and 'antiquated, but it' s one thing to skin, when you realize you wield.
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